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CUBE Score: The Future of Building Performance Benchmarking

They say you can’t manage what you can’t measure.  As the world around us becomes increasingly more complex, that more true now than it ever has been in the past.

Buildings are complex machines that require constant maintenance and optimization to perform at their best. Understanding a building’s true performance is a critical first step in establishing a baseline that can be used as a goal to maintain or exceed. However, traditional building rating systems do not provide an accurate evaluation of a building’s performance, which can make it difficult for building managers to identify and address issues before they become major problems. 

There are various types of building benchmarking systems that have been developed over the years to evaluate building performance. These systems typically use a range of criteria, such as energy consumption, water usage, and indoor air quality to rate a building’s performance. However, most of these systems are very superficial and do not provide real-time performance data, which can limit their effectiveness in helping building managers optimize their maintenance schedules and improve their building’s overall health.

For example the LEED certification program evaluates a building’s sustainability across several categories including energy efficiency, water conservation, and indoor air quality. While this system is useful for evaluating a building’s environmental impact, it doesn’t provide a real-time assessment of the building’s performance.

Another building benchmarking system is Smart Score, which focuses more on the application of IT systems and how they are deployed in a building. This system is similar to LEED in that it only provides a snapshot in time of a building’s performance. 

A third example is WELL certification that monitors how a building impacts a human’s health and well-being through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. While WELL certification is more of a continuous process, it focuses only on the human factor and does not dive into building systems or their performance outside of how they impact people.

While all of these rating systems are useful, they do not dive deep enough to provide information that can be used to improve operations in a building.  They also do not update their data instantaneously to show improvements in scores as improvements are made.  

This is where CUBE Score comes in as a new building performance rating system, delivering data continuously and in real time! By using such accurate performance data associated with building assets and systems, CUBE Score provides building managers with an overall building health score that breaks down into individual scores for different processes and systems within the building.  Individual scores can be broken down to uncover specific devices that when addressed, can improve the score.

One of the key benefits of CUBE Score is that it provides building managers with insights into their building’s performance, allowing them to identify and address issues before they become major problems. By prioritizing maintenance and repairs based on CUBE Score data, building managers can optimize their maintenance schedules and minimize downtime, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective building.

In conclusion, traditional building rating systems are limited in their ability to provide a real-time evaluation of a building’s performance, or to drill deep enough to understand the root cause of problems. However, with the emergence of new building performance rating systems, like CUBE Score, building managers now have the tools they need to optimize their maintenance schedules and improve their building’s overall health.

So, what is your building’s CUBE Score?

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